For decades, Jeep has produced various “Special Edition” models. Offering special color paint, decal packages, maybe they will throw in a new body panel for good measure. They have been Inspiration driven schemes from Polar Bears to Military, to Dragon graphics. However, there’s one edition that’s stood the test of modern times, and has been a traditional one year after year. That is the Rubicon models. The Rubicons have been so much more than just a fancy name badge. The Rubicons appeal to everyday Jeepers, but maybe even more so with the diehard trail folks who want to buy a Jeep, and then hit the trails that very weekend. They are not just buying a Rubicon because it is pretty, they want the off road capability and features that the Rubicon can offer to get down and dirty off the road.
2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon
This year is no different, with the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Recon model coming to your local dealerships in the next few days. Like all the previous Rubicons, this “stock” looking Jeep continues to pull no punches when it comes to getting off road ASAP after leaving the lot.
This Recon slice adds to the already challenging Rubicon edition format. It has HD cast Dana 44 axles front and rear. These have stronger tubes, with HD end forgings. According to reports from Jeep, the Recon uses shorter rock rails to accommodate the now 35-inch tires used by the Rubicon. It has a crawl ratio of 73.1.1. With a six-speed transmission. The Tru-Lok axles are Jeep’s part-time 4-wheel drive, which uses electronic locking, and goes through the Rock-Trac transfer case. The front and rear Dana 44s use a 4:1 ration. When combined with the gearing in the transmission, you can see how the Rubicon Recon can traverse most obstacles very quickly.
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon has 32 inch BF Goodrich KM off-road tires on 17-inch rims. The rims are a low gloss Granite Crystal color (the rims themselves are made of aluminum). There’s also a Power Dome Hood, with blacked-out Rubicon decals on the both sides. (reports are that there are optional body color fender flares too). The grille is a low gloss Black, with the Granite Crystal inserts. The front steel bumper is winch capable and has removable end caps for hard trailing. Red trail hooks are included front and rear on the new Jeep. All these accents are designed to give the Jeep Rubicon Recon that bad boy look. Available in: Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, Firecracker Red, Granite Crystal, Rhino, and Gobi.
For you folks who trail all year ‘round, black leather heated seats are standard. They even have the Rubicon logo on them. This style follows over to the steering wheel, armrests, console lid, seatbelts, and netting pockets for storage. There’s a dashboard plaque giving you the necessary information on your new axles, sway bar, transfer case, and other details. The Premium Sunrider soft top is standard (the hard top, in body color, is an option). Great slush style mats have the Jeep logo on them. More standard items include the Jeep Connectivity Group, red accented axle locker and sway-bar disconnects, Satellite Radio with an eight-speaker system, and a Remote Starter. This is the last year for the JK Wrangler body, but it is clear that Jeep will carry on the traditions of the Rubicon. Surely this Recon model will carry the JK out with an enormous bang for the year.